/liːd, led/

For the verb: "to lead"

Simple Past: led
Past Participle: led

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
lead1 /lid/USA pronunciation v., led/lɛd/USA pronunciationlead•ing,n., adj. 

  • to go before or with to show the way;
    conduct or escort;
    guide: [+ object]The captain led his troops over the hill.[no object]If you lead, I will follow.
  • [+ object] to conduct by guiding:to lead a horse by a rope.
  • [+ object] to influence (the thoughts); cause:What led her to change her mind?
  • [+ to + object] to result in;
    tend toward:The incident led to her resignation.
  • [+ object] to guide in direction, course, action, opinion, etc.; bring:You can lead him around to your point of view.
  • [+ object] to go through or pass (time, life, etc.):to lead a full and happy life.
  • [+ object] to conduct in a particular course:The pipes led the water directly to the sewer.
  • (of a road, passage, etc.) to serve to bring (a person) to a place: [+ object]The next street will lead you to the post office.[+ to + object]That path leads directly to the house.
  • [+ object] to take or bring:The visitors were led into the senator's office.
  • [+ object] to be in command of; direct:He led the British forces during the war.
  • [+ object] to go at the head of or in advance of:The mayor will lead the parade.
  • to have first place in: [+ object]Iowa leads the nation in corn production.[no object]His party was leading in the polls.
  • [+ object] to direct or have the principal part in:Who is going to lead the discussion?
  • [+ object] to act as leader of (an orchestra, band, etc.); conduct.
  • Gamesto begin a hand in a card game (with a card or suit specified): [+ object]I'll lead diamonds.[no object]The player to the dealer's left is supposed to lead.
  • lead off: 
    • to begin; start: [+ off + object]Let's lead off the meeting with a prayer.[no object]The meeting led off with a prayer.
    • [Baseball.]to be the first player in (the batting order) or the first batter in (an inning): [+ off + object]He led off the game with a home run.[no object]He led off, and promptly singled.
  • lead on, to mislead: [+ object + on]led him on into thinking he had the job.[+ on + object]He'd led on dozens of customers.

  • n. [countable]
  • the first or foremost place:to take the lead in the race.
  • the extent of such an advance position:a lead of several yards.
  • a person or thing that leads.
  • a leash:The dog was on a short lead.
  • a piece of useful information:The reporter got a lead on the story from a bystander.
  • example; leadership:He took the lead in the charity drive.
    • the principal part in a play.
    • the person who plays it.
    • the act or right of playing first in a card game.
    • the card, suit, etc., so played.
  • Journalismthe opening paragraph of a newspaper story, serving as a summary.
  • Electricityan insulated single wire used as a conductor in electrical connections.

  • adj. [before a noun]
  • most important;
    first:a lead editorial.
  • idiom
      lead up to, [+ object]
      • to prepare the way for:A number of events led up to the stock market crash.
      • to approach gradually:He was slowly leading up to a request for a raise.

    lead2 /lɛd/USA pronunciation n. 
    1. Chemistrya heavy, soft, bluish-gray metal that can be shaped easily.
    2. bullets;
      shot:shot the victim full of lead.
    3. Chemistrygraphite, esp. a thin stick of graphite used in a pencil.

    v. [+ object]
  • to cover, line, weight, or treat with lead or one of its compounds.
  • idiom
    1. Idiomsget the lead out, [no object][Slang.]to move or work faster;
      hurry up.

    WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
    nose /noʊz/USA pronunciation n., v., nosed, nos•ing.

    n. [countable]
  • Anatomythe part of the face above the mouth that contains the nostrils and organs of smell and through which a person breathes.
  • the sense of smell:Certain breeds of dog have a good nose.
  • anything that resembles a nose:the nose of a plane.
  • an ability to understand, interpret, find out about (something):had a nose for a good story.
  • the human nose as a symbol of interfering or prying:Keep your nose out of my business!

  • v. 
  • to move or push forward with or as if with the nose: [+ object]The boat nosed its way toward shore.[no object]The plane nosed forward cautiously.
  • [+ about/around] to meddle or pry:nosing around asking questions.
  • nose out, to defeat, esp. by a narrow margin: [+ out + object]She nosed out her opponent in the election.[+ object + out]She nosed him out in the election.
  • idiom
      follow one's nose: 
      • to go forward in a straight course:Just follow your nose and you'll see the church straight ahead.
      • to guide oneself by instinct:He followed his nose on negotiating that deal.
    1. Idiomskeep one's nose clean, to behave properly; avoid trouble.
    2. Idiomslead (around )by the nose, [lead + object + (around) by the nose] to control (someone);
    3. Idiomslook down one's nose at, [+ object] to consider (someone or something) as inferior or less acceptable.
    4. on the nose: 
      •  precisely;
        exactly:We arrived at 3 o'clock on the nose.
    5. Idiomsput or keep one's nose to the grindstone, to work intensely and persistently at a task.
    6. put someone's nose out of joint: 
      • to annoy;
    7. Idiomsturn up one's nose at, [+ object] to reject (something) contemptuously:turned up his nose at the pitiful offer.
    8. Idiomsunder someone's nose, plainly visible; in full view:It was right under my nose all the time.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    lead /liːd/ vb (leads, leading, led /lɛd/)
    1. to show the way to (an individual or a group) by going with or ahead: lead the party into the garden
    2. to guide or be guided by holding, pulling, etc: he led the horse by its reins
    3. (transitive) to cause to act, feel, think, or behave in a certain way; induce; influence: he led me to believe that he would go
    4. when intr, followed by to: (of a road, route, etc) to serve as the means of reaching a place
    5. (transitive) to go ahead so as to indicate (esp in the phrase lead the way)
    6. to guide, control, or direct: to lead an army
    7. (transitive) to direct the course of or conduct (water, a rope or wire, etc) along or as if along a channel
    8. to initiate the action of (something); have the principal part in (something): to lead a discussion
    9. to go at the head of or have the top position in (something): he leads his class in geography
    10. (intransitive) followed by with: to have as the first or principal item: the newspaper led with the royal birth
    11. Brit to play first violin in (an orchestra)
    12. to direct and guide (one's partner) in a dance
    13. (transitive) to pass or spend: I lead a miserable life
    14. to cause to pass a life of a particular kind: to lead a person a dog's life
    15. (intransitive) followed by to: to tend (to) or result (in): this will only lead to misery
    16. to initiate a round of cards by putting down (the first card) or to have the right to do this: she led a diamond
    17. (intransitive) to make an offensive blow, esp as one's habitual attacking punch
    1. the first, foremost, or most prominent place
    2. (as modifier): lead singer
    3. example, precedence, or leadership: the class followed the teacher's lead
    4. an advance or advantage held over others: the runner had a lead of twenty yards
    5. anything that guides or directs; indication; clue
    6. another name for leash
    7. the act or prerogative of playing the first card in a round of cards or the card so played
    8. the principal role in a play, film, etc, or the person playing such a role
    9. the principal news story in a newspaper: the scandal was the lead in the papers
    10. (as modifier): lead story
    11. an important entry assigned to one part usually at the beginning of a movement or section
    12. a wire, cable, or other conductor for making an electrical connection
    13. one's habitual attacking punch
    14. a blow made with this
    15. a deposit of metal or ore; lode

    See also lead off, lead onEtymology: Old English lǣdan; related to līthan to travel, Old High German līdan to go
    lead /lɛd/ n
    1. a heavy toxic bluish-white metallic element that is highly malleable: occurs principally as galena and used in alloys, accumulators, cable sheaths, paints, and as a radiation shield. Symbol: Pb; atomic no: 82; atomic wt: 207.2; valency: 2 or 4; relative density: 11.35; melting pt: 327.502°C; boiling pt: 1750°C
    2. a lead weight suspended on a line used to take soundings of the depth of water
    3. lead weights or shot, as used in cartridges, fishing lines, etc
    4. a thin grooved strip of lead for holding small panes of glass or pieces of stained glass
    5. (plural) thin sheets or strips of lead used as a roof covering
    6. a flat or low-pitched roof covered with such sheets
    7. a thin strip of type metal used for spacing between lines of hot-metal type
    8. graphite or a mixture containing graphite, clay, etc, used for drawing
    9. a thin stick of this material, esp the core of a pencil
    10. (modifier) of, consisting of, relating to, or containing lead
    vb (transitive)
    1. to fill or treat with lead
    2. to surround, cover, or secure with lead or leads
    3. to space (type) by use of leads
    Etymology: Old English; related to Dutch lood, German Lot

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